Chris Long signs with Eagles

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After winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots, defensive end Chris Long said that he wouldn’t be returning to New England for a second season.

Long cited a desire to play a more prominent role on defense than he did down the stretch for the Patriots as the reason for moving on and we now know where he’ll be vying for that kind of playing time. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Long has agreed to a contract with the Eagles.

Long will likely take on a fair number of the snaps that Connor Barwin played at defensive end last season. Barwin was released earlier this offseason and wound up signing with the Rams, who once employed Long although their defensive scheme has changed and will allow Barwin to move back to outside linebacker.

Long had 35 tackles and four sacks for the Patriots in the regular season last year.

33 responses to “Chris Long signs with Eagles

  1. The Rams and Eagles have some strange obsession with signing each other’s former players.

  2. I both like and dislike this signing.
    I think Long can add something to a defense but I also think he’s best suited as a part-time player at this point in his career. The way Bill Belichick uses you is almost certainly the best way for you to be used at whatever point in your career you are at the time. He didn’t think you were a full-time DE anymore. You think you are. Who’s most likely correct?

    I just hope he has the stamina to play all the snaps he wants to for an entire season and into the postseason. (I’m hopeful as an Eagles fan.)

  3. You will never hear a bad thing about Chris Long from a Pats fan. He played hard, and was a good locker room guy for us.

    Knowledgeable Pats fans understand that playing DE in the Pats system is not for everyone. You have to do a lot more than just rush the passer, and even when you do its more of a controlled rush.

    Long only had 4 sacks last season, but he came VERY close on several others. He was one of the team leaders in QB pressures and hits, and I’m sorry he decided to leave.

    He’s a good pick up for the Eagles. He’ll be a great presence in the locker room and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get 8-10 sacks next year as a situational rusher.

  4. I like the signing. Great way to get older and still not have one starting cb on the team. They out smarted everyone again.

  5. At 1 year and 2.4 million, this is a solid depth signing. He may want a more prominent role, but that contract says otherwise. Good signing by the Eagles for a rotational pass rusher.

  6. If Chris Long gives The Eagles a positive locker room presence,6/7 sacks in a 4/3 defense as compared to The Pats 3/4 that will be very good.

    Chris Long will be while doing so while rotating with Vinnie Curry/Brandon Graham and one rookie DE that The Eagles pick in the 1st,2nd or 3rd round then this signing will be even better. Win/Win!

  7. I think he’s made a mistake leaving the Pats. And a mistake by him or fans thinking he can BOTH play more AND be more impactful. To echo DPR’s comments, I think as he ages he can’t have his cake and eat it (he’d just wear out) but was best used the way Belichick did. That said, he’s a great player and person and I hope it works out for him with the Eagles.

  8. This has Howie’s itchy trigger finger prints all over it.

    He loves the surprising, opportunistic, outside-the-box, “smart” signing.

    Sometimes it works: Sammy Sleeves for a first rounder? Do it.

    Sometimes, not so much: DGB for an experienced, serviceable o-lineman on an aging, injury-depleted, steroid-suspension-riddled o-line? Couldn’t pass it up, could ya, Howie?

    I’m leaning towards thinking that this signing will work; Long is known as a good locker room guy, but if his presence here means that Vinny Curry continues to see less of a role than he should, then I’m not going to be happy. We need to know what we’ve got in Curry with all that money tied up in him.

  9. He solidified the line long enough until Trey Flowers emerged as a force on the line for the Patriots. Maybe the Eagles have a similar plan in place for Long.

  10. One of the most blatant holding penalties I’ve ever seen was in the last super bowl – it pushed the Falcons out of field goal range and forced a punt, which was then followed by the Patriots’ offense tying the game. And who was held? Chris Long. It was a smart penalty to take too, because Long was going to blindside Matt Ryan with a full head of steam.

  11. therealtrenches says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:39 PM
    … but if his presence here means that Vinny Curry continues to see less of a role than he should, then I’m not going to be happy. We need to know what we’ve got in Curry with all that money tied up in him.
    I’ll help you out, they have nothing. Curry can’t play. I hate to say it but watch him, he’s nonexistent. He loses his feet and gets swallowed up against the run. He can pursue and may run down a play from behind but he’s not an every down player.

  12. After years of meaningless games in December and resting in January, last year he tried out the feeling to play all the way to February.

    Well, I guess he didn’t really liked it. Better warm your bones by the fire in January, right? 🙂

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